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Kyoto Hot Spring Day Trip! Relaxation Perfection at Ohara Sansou

kyoto Suburbs Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

Ohara, located in the northern region of Kyoto, is known for charming temple sites such as Sanzen-in Temple and Jakko-in Temple, and quiet mountain village scenery. We heard stories about the gorgeous Ohara Sansou, where you can enjoy lunch made with local ingredients, foot baths, and even day-trip hot spring, so we decided to check it out!

Locals Reveal: 10 Perfect Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Osaka!

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Spring

The long-awaited cherry blossom season has finally arrived! The blossoms in Osaka are usually at their best from late March to early April, and we’re so excited to get started with hanami parties (cherry blossom viewing). Carefully choosing from Osaka Prefecture’s many famous cherry blossom areas, local writers have recommended ten top spots where you can relax under the blossoms and see a ton of different types. These prime blossom viewing areas are found in parks, theme parks, and historic sites throughout the prefecture.

3 Insane Japanese Sweets You'll Wish You Had Back Home (Kobe, Motomachi)

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Other Cafes and Sweets

Kobe is well-known as a fashionable port town. The stylish Sannomiya / Motomachi area, with tourist attractions such as Kitano Ijinkan Gai and Nankinmachi’s Chinatown, is home to popular celebrities and media personalities. Let’s go for a walk around to find our top three most Instagrammable cafes!

Inside Momijiya, Japan's Century-Old Udon Shop - And the Shopkeeper Who Birthed A Nagahama Specialty

Hikone, Nagahama Other Japanese Food

Noppei Udon Momijiya is a noodle shop in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture, that boasts a history of over 100 years. The third-generation owner, Tsujiki Hachiro, holds the secret to the shop's key recipe, Noppei Udon. This thick, popular, specialty soup is also, to say the least, the dish representative of Shiga Prefecture in the winter. Today, we head to the shop to find out just what makes it so popular.

Ultimate Guide to Budget Passes: Discover Japan's Incredible Kansai Region

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Other Sightseeing

Kyoto and Nara are dotted with tons of World Heritage Sites. Osaka has plenty of tourist attractions, both new and old. And the port town of Kobe is full of exoticism on its own. And now, along with these world-class tourist hot-spots, the Kansai Region Free Value Pass have extended their eligible destinations to include Shiga and Mie Prefectures. There is a reason that Kansai is dubbed the "Private Railway Kingdom," and now you can also take full advantage of the tourist destinations along these railways during your trip around Kansai.

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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